J. O. Buckley is a painter who lives in Little Rock.
Following his graduation from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he travelled for two years in Africa and Europe before entering the University of Texas at Austin as a Graduate Fellow, where he obtained the degree of Master of Fine Arts. He was an instructor of drawing, painting and art history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and in the Art Department and in the School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. After a year at the American School of Tangier in Morocco and further travel in North Africa and Spain, he spent several years in the office of the Registrar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where his paintings were included in juried exhibitions of work by museum staff. His work has been shown in Delta and faculty exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center; the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion; the Historic Arkansas Museum; and in various independent and commercial galleries.
He has participated in the Art in the Embassies program of the U.S. Department of State and is represented in many permanent collections - private, public and institutional - including that of the United States Senate at the National Capitol in Washington, D.C.; the Wm. Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock; the Historic Arkansas Museum; the Central Arkansas Library System; the University of Arkansas School of Law; the UA Medical Center; the residence of the UA Chancellor in Fayetteville; the University Administrative Offices in Little Rock and Fort Smith; and the Offices of the Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.